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Album Review

It's a sad thing that Mike Harding has, for all his popularity on the concert circuit in the U.K., seen the majority of his album releases lapse into vinyl obscurity. While much of his comedy has a focus on his Yorkshire roots, he always maintained the ability to present it to a broader audience — he certainly was easier to understand overall than Billy Connelly, who was working a music and comedy act on the same circuit at the time. Harding had a secondary career as a folklorist and a serious performer of English folk music (often focusing on the concertina). One Man Show presents a large part of Harding's stage show as it was in 1975 — a one man show mixing hilarious songs and broad slice-of-life comedy. In this case, the performance includes "Rochdale Cowboy," his biggest single hit, and its B-side, "Strangways Hotel" (about the Strangways Prison.) It's a funny album, certainly, though the humor might be a bit lost on Americans who lack a reference point, and may seem rather tame to some, despite a few risqué moments.

Customer Reviews

Great Quality

I used to listen to a scratched an battered vinyl of the one man show when I was younger, belonging to my Dad, and it has me in stitches laughing even now. I was born in Crumpsall (and lived in Blackley for my first 10 years) and even though I was born in '74 this reminds me of growing up, days out to Blackpool and cub trips to Ashworth Valley. It's great to find this on iTunes so I can enjoy it again and the quality is amazing considering it was recorded in the 70's.

Great Little Album

This is a great little album and worthy of respect. Whilst King Cotton is likely to be the most purchased track, Top of the Pops is a charming piece of 1970's nostalgia that is possibly one of the funniest routines ever by a British Comic. take a bow, mike

Harding at his peak

Listening to this album when my brother brought in back from a Harding gig at a folk club in Scunthorpe made me decide when I was old enough to buy a guitar and get down my local club in the upstairs room of a pub. Nostalgic for me, perhaps an experience of a culture that is fading fast for you?


Born: 23 October 1944 in Crumpsall, Manchester, England

Genre: Transportation

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Mike Harding was born in 1944 in Lancashire, England. His father, part of a Royal Air Force bomber crew, was killed just a few weeks before Harding's birth, an event Harding eventually memorialized in "Bomber's Moon," a rare serious outing. As an adult, he tackled a variety of jobs, finally settling on acquiring a degree in education, supporting himself with folk club performances. He also played as a member of a number of local Manchester bands, though his only recordings during the 1960s were a...
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